About the NCC

Richard Oldfield, Chief Executive

"We are industry's research and development partner. When companies need to make things lighter, stronger, smarter and more sustainable they come to the NCC. With access to 'beyond' state-of-the-art technology and the best composites engineering capabilities in the world, we help our customers solve the most complex engineering challenges of our time."

Our Strategy

Leading collaborative innovation

A world leader in composite technology

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Leading collaborative innovation

To be recognised as a world leader in composite technology, accelerating the development and uptake of digital technologies for composites and growing the market for composites by driving innovation through collaboration and partnerships.


Highly motivated and engaged teams

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To push the boundaries of what's possible in the application of composites, building highly motivated and engaged teams that create an innovative and entrepreneurial culture at the NCC.



Leading in sustainability for composites

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To future-proof the application of composites by exploring novel materials and process capability, enabling industry to make more informed decisions on their application.

Changing markets and products

Making composites a mass market proposition

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Changing markets and products

To offer a wide range of capabilities from teams of specialists to the latest technology, to deliver complete engineering solutions. Improving the adoption and economic impact of the technology developed and delivering customer work to time, cost and the highest quality.

Resilient expansion

Making composites accessible

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Resilient expansion

To ensure composites technology and engineering expertise is accessible to every sector, so they can harness the full potential of composites and in turn, contribute to a sustained c.10% annual growth at the NCC.

Transforming business practices

Responding to the needs of customers

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Transforming business practices

To be agile and responsive to the needs of varied sectors and customers, and always working to the very highest standards of health and safety.

Our Stories

  • UK consortium leads project to develop the next generation of hydrogen storage tanks for HGV and buses

    A consortium of UK companies - Ultima Forma, Lentus Composites and the National Composites Centre - have joined forces to develop a novel, high pressure hydrogen storage tank aimed for use in HGV, bus and off highway applications.
  • Building a sustainable wheelchair seat for disabled people in developing countries

    The NCC worked with Motivation to design and manufacture the prototype composite wheelchair seat pan that can be moulded to the user needs to ensure a surface that provides long-term postural control and pressure management.
  • Sustainable composite wheelchair seat designed for disabled people in developing countries

    The NCC and global disability charity, Motivation, have collaborated to design and manufacture a wheelchair seat pan made entirely from sustainable, green composite materials that are not only better for the environment but could significantly improve the quality of life for disabled people in developing countries.
  • National Composites Centre joins major academic-industry collaboration to tackle global challenges in sustainability

    The NCC is partnering with the University of Bath in a major new collaboration with academia and industry to use sustainable chemical technologies to accelerate the UK’s transition to net zero carbon emissions.
  • NCC and Teledyne CML Composites develop high-performing thermoplastic processing cell to speed up aerospace composites manufacturing

    Advanced composites manufacturer Teledyne CML Composites has developed a new thermoplastic processing cell capable of processing multiple high-performance reinforced thermoplastics for aerospace components, with support from the NCC.

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